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Self numbing ass.

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Day 16 Wednesday, in Lusaka, Zambia waiting for something about my Congo Visa. The stage I am now is that I go to the Embassy, put my name in space number one on the visitor login book and then take a seat in my special Steve waiting chair, a bright red, plush, sofa chair. I sit there until 4pm and then I leave. I do not wander, I do not chat, I do not eat, I do not pee, I do not sleep (well that would be a lie), I just sit. The reception guys try not to look at me in the eye and the guards are stunned that the Congo gvt won’t give me a visa. I have learned to focus to a point now that I can minimize my heartbeat and breathing to barely a trickle. As the title suggests, a self numbing ass also comes into play. Even the flies have learned to avoid the lump of death that snatches them when they land and disposes their body onto a nice pile on the bright red plush carpet. Perhaps tomorrow I will turn my focus on levatating things.

I write this not only to let people know where I am, but also because of the people that I have met at my new residence at Cha Cha Cha backpackers who do not quite understand the amount of pain I will endure in order to win. The Israeli guys Erin (the secretive military guy who knows military secrets, Jonathon the cultural unbendable stick), The Germans (Kirsten and Nicky the German version of Barbie and Ken (but really nice)), Daniel (The Chinese prophet or possible religious fanatic), Claudio (The East German, white Rasta, wanderer/crazy guy with crazy hair who wants to destroy the planet on the Simpsons), Megan (the spoiled one who won’t touch my passport because of all the diseases it must have from all the weird countries) and to all the others who don’t believe in the Congo or me. I will stay in my little encampment, eat my mounds of meat and jam donuts, and spend the light of the day sitting in a red room in order to have the priviledge of getting sick and possible dying in a fourth world country.

I WILL NOT QUIT. Tell your local Congo representative that Steven Nakano will not give up!!!!!!

Congo update.

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Good news. The election results came in. Kabila has the bigger army and the most votes. His competitor however is disputing the results but is not fighting using machine guns. He vows to use the legal options to fight it. That means that I should be able to get my Visa really soon.

The bad news is that there was an outbreak of Cholera at the Zambia Congo border (the one I am using) so it has been closed down temporarily. DAMN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the works, Zambia

Monday, November 20th, 2006
This is the road trip from Malawi to Lusaka, Zambia. It was my 16 hour bus trip that was supposed to be 6. 100_3880.JPG100_3881.JPG[Continue reading this entry]

On to Malawi photos.

Monday, November 20th, 2006
Here's a few from my days in Malawi. 100_38371.JPG Blantyre, Malawi. Not much there, but a nice hostel (Doogles) and a decent town to pick up supplies and visit the bank. [Continue reading this entry]

Oh yea, things did change.

Monday, November 20th, 2006
Mozambiqan hair styling. Haircut1.JPGHaircut (1)1.JPGHaircut (2)1.JPGHaircut (3)1.JPG[Continue reading this entry]

Photos: On the road Mozambique

Monday, November 20th, 2006
Ugh, photo up loading. Oh well, here goes. Maputo, Mozambique Maputo, Moz. Lots of lazy days with pot heads and zero motivation. 0 (1)1.JPG Lunch in ... [Continue reading this entry]

Challenges of life.

Friday, November 17th, 2006
The only reason that I succumbed to the border black mail was that I had to come to Lusaka to get my Visa for Congo. One of my by challenges of this trip was to travel the Congo River ... [Continue reading this entry]

My first breakdown.

Friday, November 17th, 2006
Well, not my breakdown, but my first bus breakdown that has happened to me since I have been traveling. I have heard many dastardly stories about them from other travelers, but for me it has always been smooth sailing. My ... [Continue reading this entry]

Zambia- Expensive land.

Friday, November 17th, 2006
So the grind began. Leaving Liwonge was pretty easy as there really wasn't much of interest to me. I was fairly close to the border so I was in another mini-bus and on my way. Not too much ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos, photos, photos

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
yumMaputo bummingMaputo, Mozambique and basically what I did for 5 days. The Best thing in Tofo Beach. This is taking too long for the photos. ... [Continue reading this entry]